Whether you’re a renter or a property owner, you probably know that maintaining energy efficiency is one of the best ways you can save money on household expenses. Storm windows can help with that by sealing in heated air during the winter and air conditioned air during the summer. If you live in an older property with energy inefficient windows, storm windows are one of the best tools you can use to keep your utility bills low.
In Southern California, window screens are a crucial part of any good storm window, because they help you maintain airflow in your home. This way, when you hit a warm spell in the middle of winter (which isn’t exactly uncommon), you can throw open those storm windows and enjoy the fresh air.
What is a storm window screen?
A storm window screen is a part of a two or three track storm window. The screen helps keep out insects and dust while allowing home occupants to enjoy fresh air.
What are the advantages of storm window screens?
Storm window screens allow you to have storm windows that maintain your home’s energy efficiency when the temperature outside drops, while still allowing you to have functional windows that open and shut.
How are storm window screens used?
The storm window screen is installed on the interior track of the storm window. It is raised or lowered as necessary to keep out bugs while allowing airflow between the inside and outside of the home.
How are storm screens installed?
Three-track storm windows involve two half window panes and a half storm window screen. Different brands of storm windows and screens may be installed in different ways, but as a standard, the glass panes and screens have tabs at the top and bottom of their frames. To insert the frames on each:
- Push in the tabs on both sides of the top of the frame.
- Line the frame up with the appropriate track.
- Run the frame up the track.
- Push in the tabs on the bottom of the frame.
- Push the frame into alignment on the track.
- Release the tabs and let the frame click into place.
This is done for each frame until the window has been fully assembled. To learn more, watch this video to see how the system works.
Tashman Home Center
There are a variety of tutorials and articles online that discuss the value of storm windows. If you want to find out more about storm windows and storm window screens, stop by Tashman Home Center (7769 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046). We have an experienced and knowledgable staff and we’d be delighted to help you select the right storm window screen for your home.
In addition, if you choose to add storm window screens to your home or apartment, we’re here to make sure they’re properly installed. Tashman is a licensed contractor (Lic # 298720) as well as a certified Installation Master specializing in replacing windows and doors.